The Bipolar Workbook for Teens: DBT Skills to Help You Control Mood Swings

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New Harbinger Publications, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 150 pages
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When you have bipolar disorder, it can sometimes seem like mood swings are keeping you from being the person you want to be. You may alternate between feelings of depression and overexcitement even though what you really want is to find a healthy balance between the two. This easy-to-use workbook presents a set of skills you can learn that will help you find that balance, become more independent, and stay focused on the big-picture goals that are most important to you.

The Bipolar Workbook for Teens includes exercises and worksheets that will help you learn skills drawn from a special technique called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT skills can help people with bipolar disorder improve their relationships with friends and family and calm themselves when their emotions get really overwhelming.

Working through this book will help you:

  • Recognize and respond to your emotional triggers
  • Create a crisis plan and find support
  • Get a handle on addictive behavior
  • Maintain friendships and get along with your family
 

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Contents

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How You Learn About Yourself
91
Practicing Acceptance
114
Accepting Your Emotions
117
Relationships with Others
120
What Do You Want from Your Relationships?
126
Recognizing What You Can Change and Accepting What You Cant
130
Your Communication Skills
134
Listening to Others
139
Reflecting on Your Experiences
141

Messages About Who You Are
94
How Words Impact Your SelfEsteem
101
Developing a New Story of You
104
Accepting Painful Situations
110
Continuing to Move Forward
145
Afterword
150
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Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, is a mental health therapist in private practice at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, ON, Canada. She specializes in the treatment of bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and mindfulness practice. She is author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder. Visit her online at www.sherivandijk.com

Karma Guindon, MSW, RSW, RMFT, is a clinical social worker and registered marriage and family therapist in private practice at a child and family mental health program at Southlake Regional health Centre in Newmarket, ON, Canada. She uses an integrative and collaborative therapeutic approach with the children, adolescents , adults, families, and couple who meet with her for psychotherapy. She is also in doctoral studies in social work at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ketchener, ON.

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